This article is by Amy Gardner, Elise Viebeck and Joseph Marks, The Washington Post. The article appears in The Hour:
A bipartisan push to expand mail-in voting is underway across the country as election officials brace for a spike in demand from voters spooked by the coronavirus pandemic – despite Republican reluctance in Washington to help pay for it.
House Democrats have asked for as much as $2 billion in emergency funding to distribute to election officials who are scrambling to expand absentee balloting and take other steps to avoid pandemic-related chaos on Election Day in November.
Dozens of state and local election officials, both Republican and Democratic, have signaled their desire for the funding – a sign of how the crisis is altering the usually sharply divided politics around voting measures.
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